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OPEN 364 DAYS A YEAR!
CLOSED ONLY ON DECEMBER 25

Hours

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last entry at 4:00 p.m.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 19 – January 4
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Last entry at 9:00 p.m.


Alerts

Alerts about buildings closing early or animals off exhibit can be found on our Calendar of Events.


Special Activity Times

Giraffe Feeding Platform: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
May close due to weather conditions and giraffe participation.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Now closed for the season. Open April 1 – October 31.

Naturally Wild Swap Shop
9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Reptile and Amphibian House: Opens at 10:00 a.m.

Tropical Bird House: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bug House: Opens at 9:30 a.m.

Petting Zoo: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


4-D Experience Showtimes

Show times are approximate; please check the schedule when you visit the zoo for exact times.

November 19 – Jan 4:

Polar Express: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:00-9:30 p.m. continuously

Planet Earth – Ice Worlds: 10:20, 11:20, 12:20, 1:20, 2:20, 3:20, 4:20

SpongeBob SquarePants – The Great Jelly Rescue: 9:40, 10:40, 11:40, 12:40, 1:40, 2:40, 3:40


Getting Around the Zoo

Zoo Map
Need help getting around the Zoo?
Print this handy map and bring it
with you, or just take a look at it.
View the Zoo Map

 

Download Our Zoo App
Our digital tour guide to the zoo.
Get our app and take the zoo with you.

Getting to the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. We have two entrances:

Our Main Entrance and parking lot is located at:
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030


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Our Medical Center Entrance is located on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital, and is open only on weekends and major holidays. It provides convenient dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (There is no parking at this gate).

Make sure to check traffic maps before leaving for the Zoo. It’s a jungle out there.

Metro

Exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station (at Fannin and Sunset) or Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station (on Fannin between Cambridge and Ross Sterling).

A great reason to go green and ride METRO: save $2 off an adult admission and $1 off a child’s admission when you present your Q Card, METRO bus, or METRORail ticket at the Zoo admission booth!


Where to Park

Free parking is available outside the Zoo’s main entrance on Hermann Park Drive. These free parking lots are part of Hermann Park and are not owned or operated by the Zoo.

On busy days, these lots can fill quickly. An early arrival may help you to find parking more easily. More parking may be available in other Hermann Park lots.

Hermann Park Parking Areas

View the Hermann Park Conservancy’s map to see all the parking areas:
Map of Parking in Hermann Park ›
Provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy

 
Overflow Parking Garage

The Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage is located at 6400 Fannin. Discounted rates apply on the weekends.
Google Map to the Garage ›

 
Other Parking Options

  • Catch METRORail at the Fannin South Park & Ride lot (1604 West Bellfort, between Knight and Fannin)
  • Park in a midtown parking lot (rates vary), and head to a METRORail station.

Houston B-cycle

There is a Houston B-cycle bicycle station in Hermann Park outside the Zoo. Houston B-cycle is a “bike sharing” program that works as an additional transportation alternative for people living and visiting Houston. For more information visit the Houston B-cycle website.